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Juvenile Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)


Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)The Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus) is an Asian bird of prey.


Distribution / Range

The Grey-faced Buzzard is a bird of open lands that breeds in East Russia, North China, Korea, and Japan, and winters in Southeast Asia.



This medium-sized raptor is typically between 41 and 46 cm long.

The adult has a grey head, breast, and neck, white throat, black moustaches, and mesial stripes, brown back, and upper wings, and brown bars on white underparts and underwings. The juvenile is brown and mottled above, pale below with brown streaks, and has a broad white supercilium (line above each eye) and brown face.


Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists of lizards, small mammals, and large insects.

Gray-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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